i would never consider myself a painter. neither would my brother in law, sister in law or husband.
BUT when we went over to our brother/sister-in-law's place last summer, they had a random yet brilliant idea to try out some painting!

if you haven't noticed, art this size these days is ridiculously expensive!!
ikea's the cheap way to go for art - but once you've bought ikea art this size you basically label your home an "ikea home". people recognize ikea art in a heartbeat.

SO why not personalize your home and your art by doing it yourself!
how brilliant. 
we went to Michaels Arts & Crafts store of course...bought a couple canvases and 4 tubs of paint (plus white and black). ...i got to work on mixing colours of any and every kind (within reason...) while the rest of them painted away.
we decided on a yellow background - and added some lighter/darker tones.
we've seen paintings similar to what we were about to attempt, and thought how hard can it really be?
funny part of it all is...we started with the short paint brush strokes...and part way through this painting process we were literally about to throw in the towel and destroy the darn thing....it looked terrible most of the way and kepppt going downhill....
anyways, long story short - we kept at it...kept mixing new colours, adding new blocks in.
and eventually, after a days work ...with looots of perseverance - we made a stinkin sweet piece of art.

Moral of the story...try something new, try painting if you haven't - and don't give up right away!


  1. You did a great job! Looks like fun!

  2. Wow! It turned out great! Love the colors you used. Pinning! I'd love it if you had a second to come by and link up with us at The Makers link party over on my blog, persialou.com :)

    1. Thanks! Lovin this link party idea, will check it out!

  3. This is really cool! I have a large canvas, that I've been considering painting over, this is a great idea. Thank you for sharing!! : )